Termites also referred to in Australia as “white ants” are a significant pest that can cause serious structural damage to buildings if left unchecked. During the colder months of the year termites are less active, however in spring when termites prepare to swarm in order to establish new nests, infestations are common and significant damage can occur in a remarkably short period of time.

James Lucas of Best Pests Control said, “With the onset, not only home but also commercial building owners should have their property checked by a qualified and experienced termite inspector.” He went on to say, “Prospective home buyers are particularly at risk of purchasing a property that may have active termites or structural damage from a previous termite infestation.”

Termites are widespread and in nature their recycling role of dead trees and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance. However, in residential areas termites often come in conflict with many home owners with devastating consequences.

There are more than 350 species of termites in Australia and only a few species cause damage by attacking the seasoned timber found in a building. Most of the damage is the result of Coptotermes, Schedorhinotermes species and Mastotermes the giant northern termite.

The most destructive termites in Australia are subterranean termites. They nest beneath the soil, in trees, logs and tree stumps. While many people believe that infestations are caused by flying termites, in most cases termite attacks originate from under the ground and can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. A termite nest can also establish itself in the roof space, wall cavity or anywhere else above the ground where sufficient moisture is available.

James Lucas said, “Termites are social insects living in colonies that can number from a few thousand to several million. This is the reason why it is important for all home and commercial building owners to have termite inspections carried out regularly, and if necessary dealt with immediately. Finding a termite pest infestation in its early stages of development is crucial in preventing extensive and structural termite damage.”

To learn more about the control of termites and other pests: Pest Control Sydney

About Best Pests Control Australia

Best Pests Control Australia was founded in 2000 and services commercial, Government and residential clients in the Sydney and New South Wales region. They are fully accredited, licenced and insured pest control operators. They are experienced termite specialists with extensive field knowledge and has been protecting properties from termites in Sydney metropolitan area for more than 15 years.


James Lucas
Company: Best Pests Control
L32, 1 Market Street, NSW, Australia 2000
Phone: +61 (02) 89647943                                                                                 Website:






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